A457 corridor cycle route, city centre to City Hospital

Closed 30 Nov 2021

Opened 3 Nov 2021


We aim to make walking and cycling everyday choices for local journeys and leisure activities, as part of a safe and integrated transport network for Birmingham.

In 2020, we installed a number of temporary ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes across the city, to help people to travel safely and actively during the COVID-19 pandemic. The routes chosen align with the Birmingham Walking & Cycling Strategy and Infrastructure Plan, which set out proposals for a city-wide cycle network. In many cases, these temporary cycle lanes included ‘light segregation’ from other traffic using plastic bollards.

Following a review of all the pop-up cycle lanes, we are now proposing to improve and make permanent the route from the city centre to City Hospital, through the Jewellery Quarter then parallel to the A457 Dudley Road.

The Proposal 

In the Jewellery Quarter, the route provides a one-way cycle lane (away from the city centre) on Graham Street and Legge Lane with cyclists travelling towards the city centre sharing space with general traffic. On Carver Street a two-way cycle lane provides dedicated space for inbound and outbound cyclists.

There will be some changes to parking in the Jewellery Quarter Controlled Parking Zone, with a reduction of 30 permit holder bays on Carver Street, 18 permit holder bays on Legge Lane and 15 Pay & Display bays on Graham Street. Most of these reductions are already in place for the current pop-up cycle route.

Once the route crosses the A4540 Middleway ring road, the proposal is for a one-way cycle lane on each side of Hingeston Street, with space shared with pedestrians around bus stops. On the quieter Knightstone Avenue and Capstone Avenue, cyclists will share space with general traffic, then on Clissold Street, a two-way cycle lane provides separate facilities.

At Clissold Passage, an off-road two-way cycle lane will run alongside the pedestrian footpath. Here the route links with existing cycling facilities on the canal towpath, and with planned improvements on the A457 Dudley Road (more details at www.birmingham.gov.uk/dudleyrd).

All cycle lanes will be separated from general traffic and from pedestrians, using a combination of level differences (the lanes are higher or lower and there is a kerb in between), lane separator units (the lanes are at the same level and there is a rubber or concrete kerb between them) and lines marked on the ground (the lanes are at the same level).

This scheme will create approximately 1.2km of new segregated cycling facilities (about 0.8km of two-way facilities, 0.4km of one-way facilities on Graham Street and Legge Lane).

This project is funded by the Active Travel Fund and is part of the West Midlands Cycle & Walk programme

Cycle Lanes Consultation Plan

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Overview Plan

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  • Online Teams Live

    From 16 Nov 2021 at 18:00 to 16 Nov 2021 at 19:30

    Staff will present the proposals and be available to discuss them in this online session.
    Link to register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a457-cycle-route-online-briefing-tickets-204397878557

  • Drop in event at Ramgarhia community centre

    From 25 Nov 2021 at 16:00 to 25 Nov 2021 at 19:00

    Staff will be available to discuss the proposals in the Ramgarhia community entre located within Jewellery Quarter. This event may be cancelled should COVID-19 restrictions change. This will be an indoor event, and we ask attendees to be considerate of others and consider wearing a mask if talking to staff for a long time. No booking needed.
    Full address: 15 Newhall Hill, Birmingham B1 3JG


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